Croatia is moving forward

Wyn River's managing director, Nigel Davies, is also the head of the infrastructure focus group of the British Croatian Business Club.  Nigel visited Zagreb again at the end of June to assess where Croatia's economy and opportunities stand now, some two years after the country became the latest member of the European Union.

Tourism including health tourism, hotels and real estate, offshore oil & gas plus onshore renewable energy, food and agribusiness, shipbuilding and general engineering, infrastructure – a long list of trade and investment opportunities to consider!  

Nigel's article on Croatia includes links to the latest views from the IMF, recent business successes and an informative interview with HE Dr Ivan Grdešić, Ambassador of the Republic of Croatia to the United Kingdom.  This piece was published as part of a wider regional review of the Mediterranean country members of the Council of British Chambers of Commerce in Europe, COBCOE. 

UPDATE: The revised July 2015 eCatalogue of investment opportunities referred to in the article (both state owned and private) has just been published by the Agency for Investments and Competitiveness (AIK) and can be accessed here.

The Croatian Embasssy hosted an EU celebration on the Thames in July 2013

Wyn River associate assists with the funding of an innovative heat exchange system

Richard Mort is a UK-based Wyn River associate specialising in municipal utility Public Private Partnerships and sustainable energy projects. Richard was part of the in-house finance team for SHARC, an innovative heat exchange technology company, which has recently secured €2 million of equity funding from the Green Investment Bank, to fund a series of investments in Scotland. The pilot project will see heat extracted from waste water intercepted from Scottish Water’s Galashiels network. The heat will then be sold under a 20-year purchase agreement resulting in energy and cost savings and a reduction in carbon emissions. 

Several of Wyn River’s associates and affiliated firms are engaged in innovative sustainable energy project finance. We combine our access to risk capital and debt with a deep understanding of energy and utility Public Private Partnership funding and operations.  Our geographic presence in Eastern Europe, Central Asia and Africa enables to identify and realise both niche and mainstream innovation opportunities for our clients.

UK launch of the Israel Lithuania Technology Hub

Len Judes is Wyn River's associate for both Cyprus and Israel.  Here he writes about the London launch of the Israel Lithuania Technology Hub, of which he is a director. 

On 13th of March, the Lithuanian Embassy in London hosted the first UK seminar of the Israel Lithuania Technology Hub in front of a diverse audience of technology and life science businessmen, members of the Lithuanian expat business community, professional service providers, law firms, tax specialists, and corporate and M&A practitioners.

The Israel Lithuania Technology Hub (ILTH) is a platform launched by the Israel Lithuania Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ILCCI), a non-profit association. The prime purpose of the Hub is to promote economic growth and technological innovation in both Israel and Lithuania by creating a strong partnership between the two countries.

Israel is a phenomenal source of innovation with more start-ups per capita than anywhere else in the world.

Lithuania has an excellent wealth of talent and skilled labour which is cost effective, an interesting geopolitical position bridging Eastern and Western Europe, an understanding of cultures and access to Russia, the CIS markets and of course EU membership, as well as complementary strengths in technology emerging out of excellent academic institutions.

The UK as a whole, and the City of London in particular, are ideal global financial centres, with strong ties to both Lithuania and Israel. The professional legal, accounting and corporate standards of practice are high and are in fact the accepted international standard. England and Wales law and jurisdiction is often applied as governing in such cross border transactions. In light of the above, we have decided to develop the “British dimension” of the Hub activity and intend to run a series of seminars in future months to match UK funding to Israeli and Lithuanian innovation opportunities.

Len Judes and Ronen Gruber, directors of the Israel Lithuania Technology Hub, with seminar delegates at the Lithuanian Embassy in London

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